It's hitting home...

The irony is not lost on me, that leaving our home for the last 6 years is "hitting home". I had to say goodbye to the first of my close friends today. He is off on a wonderfully adventurous holiday to Vietnam and Myanmar. We will be gone by the time he gets back. If our trip is successful I will be saying goodbye to friends on a regular basis. Saying goodbye I've done before but after staying put for 6 years I had conveniently forgotten how hard it is. By the end of the month we'll have undertaken an epic longhaul flight with 8 massive suitcases, 2 child car seats, 2 strollers, 4 carry on bags, 2 children and 3 adults. We will have said goodbye to all of our close friends in the US. BUT... we will be back in Europe and the adventure can really begin.

Cruise RO Water Maker

The boats we can afford are around 15 years old. This means an old water maker that makes a dribble of water. One of ChloƩ's must haves for the trip was ample water. And with two kids screaming around I can't help but agree. Sadly, waters makers are not cheap. They are big, complicated bits of equipment. I read many reviews of water makers and settled on one that reviewed exceptionally well, had great support and seemed like I could both install and fix it. In the, hopefully near, future I'll follow up with a post about installing the water maker.

Iridum Go!

There are multiple ways of staying in contact while in the middle of an ocean. Single Side Band radio (aka, SSB), satellite phone, message in a bottle... that might be it actually. The VHF radio you may have heard of can only transmit a few short miles. We have chosen to go for a satellite phone. The Iridium Go! handset acts as a Wifi hotspot. With it we are able to make seemingly normal mobile phone calls, receive text messages and sorta kinda, look at the Internet. The gadget costs around $1200 with the various bits and bobs you need to mount it securely out of the weather. On top of that there are monthly subscriber fees. $125 a month nets you a optimistically named Unlimited Plan. The 1980s era (I'm not kidding) download speed of the device means that at best, should you run it all month 24x7, you will have downloaded a few hundred megabytes. Not very Unlimited. Thankfully the kind of data we need, weather and email, are usually small. Just about small enough. We do have a SSB on board. To be honest, we've ended up using the Iridium go to organise SSB calls... and then fallen back to just calling with the Iridium because for one reason or another the SSB wasn't working... or wasn't working well enough to have a conversation. This could easily be ignorance of how to use the SSB on my part, but... the Iridium really is very good for basic

The beginning

It all started with a kiss! Well it actually all started with this little guy. After Arthur was born we realized how little time we spent as a family and how little time James had to see our little bean. I can't remember now how exactly this came about but somehow we started talking about buying a boat and sailing as a family. The idea behind this, at least for me, is a chance for Arthur and Ewan to have both their mom and dad present everyday. Now I knew this would appeal to James as he has always loved sailing and, even though I don't really care how we do it, sailing sounded like a great way to see the world, raise amazing kiddos by spending time together as a family. So here we are now, selling everything we own to go and explore the world together. James has now officially turned in his notice and we are flying back to Europe at the end of the month. We have a list of all the Amel Super Maramu we are thinking could be a good fit and I hope one of them will be ours before the new year begins. Right now I am trying to concentrate and getting rid of all the stuff we won't need and it is proving harder then I thought...